McMaster University

McMaster University

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Professor strings 'Pearl' studies

Published: May 12, 2016
Dee Mangin
Dr. Dee Mangin, associate professor, Department of Family Medicine

Two studies by a McMaster family medicine researcher are among 10 selected in North America by an international research group for their potential impact to clinical practice.

The studies by associate professor Dr. Dee Mangin are the only Canadian studies among the 10 selected by the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG). Called 'Pearls', the articles are disseminated locally, regionally and nationally by members of the NAPCRG Community Clinician Advisory Group.

One of her studies looked at whether or not early childhood iron deficiency without anemia, a relatively common condition, has an effect on brain development in children. To study this topic, Mangin and her colleagues followed nearly 500 children from birth to six years of age. They measured iron levels and a comprehensive set of other factors that could impact how a child's brain develops.

Her second study looked at the continued use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibiters (SSRIs) as maintenance treatment in primary care patients with a past diagnosis of depression. The effectiveness of this use was studied as a randomized controlled trial in a primary care setting.

"The great hope of any researcher is for the results of their work to be used to improve patient care in day-to-day practice; these awards help increase the visibility and awareness of the work," said Mangin, who also holds the David Braley and Nancy Gordon Chair in Family Medicine.

"Primary care and primary care research focuses on what matters most to patients," said Dr. David Price, chair of family medicine for the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine. "Dee's work is helping us to have the information we need to work collaboratively with our patients for optimal, personalized care."

Mangin will present the iron deficiency study to the Society for Academic Primary Care's annual conference in Dublin this July.

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